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    The night was quiet. The crickets were subdued, and even the crisp breeze that rustled the leaves in the gardens was reverent, as though the peace that settled in this little village was something too precious to mar.

    Though they had retired to bed early, his nerves were on fire from lying so close to his beloved. Xie Lian’s breathing had ease into a peaceful pattern, but Hua Cheng hadn’t needed sleep in centuries, and he certainly wasn’t about to waste this night away with it. As the hours crept by he slowly relaxed; alone and under the cloak of the night, he could allow his desperate want to bleed through his carefully crafted skin.

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    Or, in the aftermath of Banyue Crescent and in the still of Puqi Shrine, Hua Cheng allows himself to want.

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    19 Mar 2021

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    “Hello!” a new voice sing-songs from the opposite side of the room. It’s loud enough for everyone’s attention to be thoroughly moved, and Hua Cheng too glances over to see who it is. The voice continues, “Dinner is ready, everyone!”

    Hua Cheng’s eyes land on the figure of the person, and—

    Holy fucking shit.

    (Or: Hua Cheng meets Xie Lian at a dingy house party and falls in love.)

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    31 Jan 2021

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    “I’ll be back in a few hours, sweetheart. You stay here in bed, hm? I’ll just...San Lang?”

    Hua Cheng’s eye has shot open, his lips parting in obvious surprise. Xie Lian blinks, leans back slightly, and frowns.

    “San Lang? Are you okay?”

    (One morning, Xie Lian calls Hua Cheng sweetheart. It Breaks The Man.)

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    18 Jan 2021

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    Hua Cheng stiffens. For a brief moment, a shadow passes over his face.

    Then Xie Lian blinks and it’s gone again, replied by the usual languid smile that adorns Hua Cheng’s face when he’s looking at Xie Lian.

    “Why does gege want to hear about my childhood? San Lang’s childhood was boring, there’s nothing to see.”

    When Xie Lian asks to see Hua Cheng's memories of his past and discovers exactly how much his husband has been through, he reminds Hua Cheng that what matters is him, not the state of him.
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    16 Jan 2021

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    Sunlight, Hua Cheng thinks, suits Xie Lian.

    It spills on his skin and paints it with gold, and Hua Cheng has to keep his hands to himself lest he reaches out and chases the colour with his fingers. Not that he needs an excuse to touch, no; the excuses and half-hearted lies have ceased to be necessary a long time ago. It’s just that Xie Lian is sleeping and disturbing him would be an unforgivable crime.

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    Out of the many things Hua Cheng's luck has brought him, having Xie Lian in his life is still the most precious one.

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    13 Jan 2021